Personalities such as Helen Mirren, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney have mourned the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday aged 96.
Mick Jagger, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003, shared his remembrance.
“For my whole life Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has always been there. In my childhood I can recall watching her wedding highlights on TV. I remember her as a beautiful young lady, to the much beloved grandmother of the nation. My deepest sympathies are with the Royal family,” Jagger wrote.
Veteran actress Helen Mirren, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in ‘The Queen’ in 2006, expressed her love for the queen.
“I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility,” she wrote.
Ozzy Osbourne tweeted: “I mourn with my country the passing of our greatest Queen. With a heavy heart I say it is devastating the thought of England without Queen Elizabeth II.”
“She was an inspiring presence to be around, and lead the country through some of our greatest, and darkest, moments with grace, decency, and a genuine caring warmth,” Sir Elton John shared with his fans on Instagram.
He concluded his tribute with: “Queen Elizabeth has been a huge part of my life from childhood to this day, and I will miss her dearly.”
Paul McCartney, also no stranger in his admiration for the queen, wrote: “God bless Queen Elizabeth II / May she rest in peace / Long live The King.”
McCartney’s connection to the queen goes back decades to when he was just 10 years old. He wrote an essay about her for a competition that was being held in England for school-aged kids, and he won for his division, reports cbsnews.com.
“I think the thing about the Queen is that she’s a” she’s royal, so you look up to her cause she’s royal. But she’s very down to Earth,” the singer-songwriter told “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King in an interview in 2021.
Singer Janet Jackson shared a picture of her meeting the queen in 1989 at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, with the message: “May you Rest In Peace Queen .”
Actress and TV host Whoopi Goldberg shared her memories of the time she met the queen at the Royal Variety in 2009.
She mentioned: “As she approached me, all i could think of was WTH?? I’m an American kid from the projects and I’m in the company of the Queen of England. I was in awe.” Goldberg ended her tweet with, “Rest in Peace. God Save the King.”